By Derek Brown
STILLWATER, Okla. —
William Tell is known for shooting an apple off of his son’s head. For Brogan Williams, an apple is a rather large target.
Williams, a senior at Stillwater High School, has been in archery for five years. During that time, Williams has grown a love for the sport, but has also been very successful.
Williams began shooting a bow because her brother was in Boy Scouts and she picked up a bow and started shooting arrows at the camp. Williams’ mother allowed her to pick her own camp to attend. Williams chose an archery camp. After camp, Williams never has put down the bow and arrow.
“It’s an addicting sport,” Williams said. “I like it.”
Along with many medals, plaques and trophies to Williams’ name one award stands above all. Last December Williams was the top shooter in the women’s junior compound bow division at the USA Archery Team Trials in Newberry, Fla. Only the top three shooters received a spot on the U.S. team that will go to Nimes, France, on Feb. 25 to March 2. The team and Williams will shoot at the World Archery Indoor Championships.
Williams has competed in numerous events but going to France will be a new experience.
“It probably won’t (sink in) until we are there,” Williams said. “Once you get over your first (event) then you’re OK. I think going into it I’ll be nervous but once I start shooting I’ll probably calm down and be fine.”
The Stillwater senior thought she could get to this point in archery, just a lot later in the future.
“I’d hoped so. That was my goal. I didn’t think it would come this quickly I guess,” Williams said.
The bow and arrow is what draws the competitors together. But it’s much more than just shooting for Williams.
“I like the people a lot. I like hanging out with the people. It’s a lot of fun,” Williams said.